Somehow, a fly, or a winged insect, gets into a character's mouth, sometimes by the character moving very fast. HilarityEnsues in many different ways, usually after gagging. Bonus points if someone convinces the swallower that they'll die because of it.

[[folder: Myth/Classical Mythology ]]

* In Myth/GreekMythology, Zeus swallows Metis after she transforms into a fly. Cranial pregnancy ensues.


[[folder: Film ]]

* The infamous outtake of Creator/MarlonBrando complaining about swallowing a fly while filming ''Film/ApocalypseNow''.
* Happens on one of the HilariousOuttakes in ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife''. A bug swallows another bug. Wrap your head around ''that''.
** Considering that larger species of insects and spiders do feed on smaller invertebrates, this isn't really surprising that a stick insect (which can grow to be several inches long) could accidentally get a tiny gnat stuck in his throat.
* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' movie ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', after a horrific encounter with The Reavers, the crew barely makes it back, and crashes the runabout back onto Serenity. Simon Tam (who stayed behind) is frantic over River, who is oddly calm:
-->'''River Tam''': "I swallowed a bug."
* Belloq in the last few minutes of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' is clearly seen to have a fly crawling across his face and into his mouth.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': when Dash runs into the swarm of bugs, one apparently gets in his mouth and he gags and spits it out.
* In ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'', Wart, in the form of a fish, expresses disgust when he swallows a bug.
-->'''Merlin:''' Well, what's wrong with that? After all, my boy, you ''are'' a fish. Instincts, you know.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/FudgeAMania'', Peter Hatcher believes he might have done this while riding to Bob's bicycle shop. This event makes him an honorary member of Bob's "I Swallowed a Fly" or ASAF club.
* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: The Swarm'' has Zak find a drog beetle in his food, to his horror. Later in an alarmingly thick swarm he and Tash have to be careful not to inhale any.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* On ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'', Les rode a motor scooter to work, and occasionally had the problem of bugs in his teeth.
* [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} "I think I swallowed a fly! What happens?! What can happen?!"]]


[[folder: Songs ]]

* ''I know an old Lady who swallowed a fly but I don't know why she swallowed the fly...''
* Music/{{Vocaloid}} Kaito did this in I Wish They'd Just Die (Shineba ii Noni)


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''Videogame/FullThrottle'', Ben chats with his old biker gang leader, Father Torque, while they're both in the middle of riding. Exhausting all conversation trees will cause Torque to say that he can't talk anymore because he's eating too many bugs.
* ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' [=PCs=] gain their Anima powers by swallowing a special kind of bee.
* A bug flies into Lissa's mouth during an early cutscene in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''.


[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* The ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' cartoon "Bug In Mouth Disease" features Homestar distraught because he accidentally swallowed a bug. "The good times are over!"


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* This [[ strip]] from ''Webcomic/TheOatmeal''
* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', goblin children are named by the tribe's fortune teller, based on a prediction. One tribe with a particularly inept fortune teller (and even more inept scribes) has a member named Stop The Ceremony I Swallowed A Bug.
* The ''Serenity'' example is referenced in [[ this]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' strip.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' had Eddy unintentionally swallowing a fly and lost his voice because of it.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Nasty Patty" had the health inspector swallow a fly before he could take a bite of the 'Nasty Patty' that Spongebob and Mr. Krabs fixed up, thinking he was an impostor. [[spoiler: They believe that they killed him when they see him lying on the floor]].
* From ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheNorthernAirTemple The Northern Air Temple]]", when Katara tries out a glider:
--> "How do I land this--''Ackk! Bug! BUG!'' That was a BUG!"
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' parody of ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' has this happening to the [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Jerry-Lewis-flavored]] director.
-->''"I ate a bug! [...] A bug I ate! With little '''wings'''..."''
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': In "With Friends Like Steve's", during [[spoiler: Barry]]'s creepy monologue, a fly is seen crawling into his mouth as he speaks, which seriously freaks out Steve.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* TruthInTelevision: notice the bugs on your windshield? It's very possible to have bugs collide with you at high speeds. If you don't have any protection and are currently talking or yawning or such, well...
** Which is why this is a common event for cyclists. Just be thankful it wasn't [[EyeScream another trope instead]] if you weren't wearing glasses.
* Meta example: one [[StockPhrase stock snark]] to someone who's either [[MotorMouth talking too much]] or has their [[JawDrop jaw dropped in amazement]] is "Close your mouth before you start catching flies".
* In his autobiography ''Kiss and Make Up'', [[Music/{{KISS}} Gene Simmons]] details an incident that happened to him at summer camp, involving a talent-show stage, a spotlight, a singing Gene and a huge moth.
* The bout of cussing of [[ this reporter]] was caused by a fly or some other insect flying into his mouth.